Monarch of the Swamp

For cormorants, it’s sink AND swim

Bronwen Scott

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Little Pied Cormorant spreads its wings to dry while turning its head to show its fine profile. Let’s pretend we don’t notice the awkwardness of its big webbed feet clutching the stump.
Behold! Little Pied Cormorant drying out at Hasties Swamp, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott

Water levels are low at Nyleta Wetlands/Hasties Swamp.

They expose a muddy shore that encourages wading birds to stop by. Stilts and dotterels share the expanding edge with occasional Marsh and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Dense thickets of Slender Waterpepper (Persicaria decipiens, Polygonaceae) have died back. With the plant’s disappearance…

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com